Category: Tony Ward

Tony Ward by Herb Ritts 1986

Tony Ward, Los Angeles, June 10, 1988 – Ph. Barry King

Brian and Tony in Sand, Paradise Cove, 1986 – Ph. Herb Ritts

Tony Ward & Helena Barquilla for Jean-Paul Gaultier S/S 1991, Paris, 1990

Tony Ward for Jean-Paul Gaultier S/S 1991, Paris, 1990

Tony Ward with lace (I, II & III), Los Angeles, 1990 – Ph. Greg Gorman

Tony Ward for L’Officiel (US) Winter Issue 2019 – Ph. Chris Sutton

Backflip, Paradise Cove, California, 1987 – Tony Ward photographed by Herb Ritts

On an editorial assignment for Tatler magazine, Herb created what would go on to become arguably one of his most iconic images – Backflip.

The subject, model Tony Ward, went on to describe this image: “I’m a soldier. I don’t care. Tell me to do a backflip for half an hour straight. OK. If I can do it, I’ll do it. Jump out of the freezing water? OK. It’s an integral part of the photo. Herb is an iconographer. When you think about it, Herb’s photos are very surrealist objects d’art. I knew he was creating timeless art that was going to live forever.” 

On the contact sheet, along with denoting his selected image, Herb’s hand notations detail paper selection (Agfa Portriga Warm Tone) and darkroom notes to “Hold detail in hair. Less moody. More snap.“

‘HEAD’, Tony Ward photographed by Herb Ritts, Los Angeles, 1986

Madonna & Tony Ward, 1991